Being awarded this SBIR grant is further validation of the capability of GroGuru’s research and development team and vision for developing breakthrough technologies to help farmers and the commercial agriculture industry at large
SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) July 03, 2020
GroGuru has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant for Cyber Agriculture. The funding was awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for Plant Production and Protection.
According to the proposal topic areas, the objective of this topic area is to enhance crop production in both conventional and organic systems by creating and commercializing engineering technologies that enhance system efficiency and profitability and that protect crops from pests and pathogens in economically and environmentally sound ways. Engineering projects must describe the system need; design specifications, and functionality and reliability; and cost benefit analysis. Where feasible, projects should describe the testing metrics, experimental design, and material and methods to collect and analyze data on the metrics. Projects must address solutions that are scalable to address problems in commercial agriculture.
“Being awarded this SBIR grant is further validation of the capability of GroGuru’s research and development team and vision for developing breakthrough technologies to help farmers and the commercial agriculture industry at large,” said Patrick Henry, president and CEO of GroGuru. “According to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue, the United States has a goal to increase agriculture productivity by 50% and reduce environmental impact by 50% by the year 2050. GroGuru is focused on delivering strategic irrigation management solutions that move us toward this goal.”
GroGuru is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA which provides precision soil and irrigation monitoring systems to the commercial agriculture industry. GroGuru is all about strategic irrigation management, and helps farmers make more money by increasing crop yield and more efficiently using water in a sustainable way. GroGuru has a patented wireless underground system (WUGS) for soil monitoring, an AI-based recommendation engine in the Cloud, and an intuitive farmer-friendly user interface. GroGuru sells an innovative hardware-enabled subscription-based solution to farmers that enables optimal irrigation. GroGuru’s patented WUGS technology enables a permanent installation of soil sensors, even in annual field crops. GroGuru is part of OCTANE Launch, EvoNexus, AgLaunch, the Yield Lab, SVG-Thrive and Plug and Play AgTech accelerator programs.